Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria
DSM, PO Box 2225, Agege, Lagos
Come to DSM secretariat at 49 Charity Road New Oko-Oba, Abule-Egba, Lagos,
Call our national office on 0805 304 5953
18 March 2018
For several months, the English-speaking population of Cameroon has been fighting for more investment in the region and respect. The government, under the leadership of President Paul Biya, proceeds to brutal repression.
Since the end of 2016 there have been major actions by workers and the poor in the two English-speaking regions in the west of Cameroon. In recent weeks, the deadly repression has been stepped up by the Cameroonian state. This has led to a strengthening of separatist feelings.
17 March 2018
• PLACE POLITICAL OFFICE HOLDERS ON THE CIVIL SERVICE WAGE STRUCTURE!
The revelation by Senator Shehu Sanni that each senator earns whopping N13.5 million monthly allowances aside from their N750, 000 monthly consolidated salary is not new. It confirms the correctness of the consistent campaign of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) for an end to jumbo salaries and allowances at all levels of government.
17 March 2018
REDUCTION IS A DECEIT
Tax the Rich, Not the Poor
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) Lagos State Chapter condemns the new land use charge recently introduced by the Lagos state government and calls for the total repeal of this obnoxious law. We are not swayed by the purported reduction of the charges because it is a well-worn tactic to deceive the masses to believing that the government has shifted ground while, in reality, it has just settled for the originally intended figures. The masses have experienced similar tactics many times with different hikes in fuel price.
12 March 2018
Just like previous years, International Women's Day in Nigeria was celebrated by the trade unions with low-key activities. Compared with efforts that go into preparation for May Day, how the trade unions mark women's day is one way to understand the status of working women in the unions – a reflection of their overall status in a deeply patriarchal and neo-colonial capitalist society that Nigeria is.
Nevertheless in a few other states, a number of activities were organised by labour unions, the Socialist party of Nigeria (SPN). Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to mark the day.
7 March 2018
We Urgently Need a Mass Movement to fight Gender Discrimination, Rape, Sexism, Exploitation and Women's Oppression
We women in Nigeria live in utter privation. We still face oppression of various kinds both at home, work, schools and in society. All these cannot be disconnected from the capitalist system - a system that reinforces patriarchy and creates inequality and discrimination. It is a system that survives mainly by oppressing and exploiting the vast majority, including women, to further enrich the tiny minority.
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), CWI Nigeria, calls for active campaigns led by the labour movement and students' movement against sexism, rape, unequal pay and all cases of women's oppression in workplaces, communities and campuses.
3 March 2018
Action Programme for the Labour Movement Required
On 20th February Nigerians woke up to a news they least expected: the abduction the night before of 110 female students of Government Science and Technical Girls College, Dapchi, Yobe State. A few days before, the Military had yet again announced that Boko Haram had been defeated, Sambisa forest secured and Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau on whom they have placed a three million naira bounty on the run disguised in a Muslim woman’s clothing
The Democratic Socialist Movement condemns the abduction. We demand an immediate rescue of the abducted Dapchi girls as well as the remaining Chibok girls and all those young boys and girls who are victims in a series of underreported cases of abduction. We call for the setting up of non-sectarian democratic defense committees under the control of communities to provide protection for schools and prevent new attacks.
26 February 2018
An independent class approach needed to find genuine solution to the recurring decimal of violence
Brutal killings arising from farmer-herder clashes have left a trail of bodies, destruction and anxiety across communities in the North Central and North West zones of the country.
In clear and unmistakable terms, the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) condemn the killings. We urge the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) to also condemn these killings and to encourage working people to organize both the defense of their communities and take action to restore peaceful relations between the two farming communities.
22 February 2018
Public funded free and quality education for all devoid of discrimination should be the priority
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) condemns a new law recently signed by the Lagos state governor Akinwumi Ambode that makes passing Yoruba language at Secondary School Leaving Examinations a requirement for admission into any of the tertiary institutions owned by the Lagos State. We call for its immediate abrogation as it is discriminatory and a violation of the fundamental rights of residents of Lagos state who are not Yoruba.
20 February 2018
Does Ramaphosa offer any hope for the working class?
Ramaphosa's replacement of Zuma as South African president has been welcomed by most including working class people. They hope he will make good on his promise to root out corruption, lift the economy out of the doldrums, create jobs, eradicate poverty and raise living standards.
But herein lies the contradiction. The expectations of the capitalist class and the working class are irreconcilable and Ramaphosa is the candidate of big business.
The leftwing trade unions must put into effect their decision to create workers' party.
28 January 2018
* Place no faith in Obasanjo or any member of the capitalist ruling elite
The public rejection of President Buhari's second term bid by former President Obasanjo through a public statement is clearly an indication that a new crack has opened within the already divided capitalist ruling class. He accused the regime of "nepotism", "clannishness" and "condonation" of corruption of errant members of its nepotistic court.
However Obasanjo is one of the principal architects of Nigeria’s misfortune. He has ruled Nigeria on two different occasions, first as military ruler and then as a civilian president. Both his administrations implemented neo-liberal economic policies that further deepened the socio-economic crises, while his civilian presidency saw phenomenal looting.